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Pennsylvania State University Research and Development Engineer in University Park, Pennsylvania


  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process (https://pennstateoffice365.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/KnowledgeBaseArticlesSharing/EfiwgKReZ4VAjprFZPKWUm0Bq_sU3KzTmERfpryq0esPKQ) . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.

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We are seeking a proven Engineer with an electronics and/or electrical background to join our Systems and Operations Automation (SOA) team of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University. ARL/Penn State’s purpose is to develop innovative solutions to challenging national problems in support of the Navy, DoD, and Intel communities engineering and technology needs.

The SOA Division engages in projects related to hardware/software technologies for autonomous systems, data acquisition and machine learning for asset health monitoring and life cycle management, vehicle cybersecurity and asset improvement and designing and building of integrated prototypes for unique, complex systems.

Unique to the SOA Division, some of our projects span from requirements definitions to design, prototype build, test, refinement and full functional testing in the operational and/or military environment. We are a full service, hands-on group that focuses on deliverables.

You will:

  • Work individually and in a team environment to design, build and test electrical and/or software control systems

  • Work on multiple projects, simultaneously

  • Collaborate with sponsors and engineers to define requirements and establish project related goals and deliverables

  • Learn new hardware and/or software systems based on the requirements from the project

  • Document and communicate all work to allow sharing and team cooperation

  • Travel occasionally to support projects

Minimally requires a Bachelors’ degree in an engineering or science discipline and 14 years’ related experience. A Masters’ degree or a PhD preferred.

Required skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Electronic control and data acquisition systems

  • Designing and building embedded systems

  • Mechanical systems and how to integrate electrical controls

  • Electrical power systems and power distribution (AC and DC)

ARL at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas.

You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at www.arl.psu.edu

The pay range for this position, including all possible grades is:

$123,200.00 - $191,000.00

Salary Structure (https://hr.psu.edu/current-employee/compensation/comp-modernization) - additional information on Penn State's job and salary structure.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here (https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports) .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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University Park, PA